Guided by Warm Charm at the University of South Carolina

Just a couple blocks from the South Carolina State House, we enter through one of two openings in the brick “Horseshoe Wall” that once protected the campus from burning during the Civil War. The cozy atmosphere invites us in.

A brick path leads us into a tree-lined park setting where two centuries of pastel-colored history surround the Horseshoe, the long, U-shaped green space of the original college. The wintry day is brisk as we wander through a very walkable campus.

Hotel

  • We stayed at the Graduate Columbia located in a historic complex next to campus.
  • The Hyatt Place near the State House is in a great location on Gervais, a lively street.

Restaurants

  • Downtown on Gervais St, Di Vino Rosso serves Northern Italian cuisine… and wine, of course. I ordered the Pappardelle Bolognese: fresh, wide pasta with a thick red sauce of wild boar and Italian sausage.
  • Downtown, just off Gervais St, the Blue Marlin serves Low Country southern food with locally-sourced seafood where I ordered their Award Winning Shrimp & Grits.
  • In the Shandon neighborhood, Backstreets Grill serves modern-American with a southern flair. It was the perfect lunch spot where I enjoyed a fried fish po’ boy: a southern sandwich, traditionally from Louisiana.
  • Also downtown on Gervais St, the ever-popular Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe pies, cakes, cobblers, and cookies to all ages with an extensive drink menu of milkshakes, martinis, coffees, steamers, and spirits. My favorite was the key lime pie with a Cuban coffee. Delicious.

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Ali Giaudrone

Architectural Designer | Writer | Photographer | Traveler | Artist — Mother of 2 soccer players | Lover of food, language and culture — AMGinspired.com